Article and Photography by While Out Riding

Erstwhile on While Out Riding…

So. After following in the dusty tracks of Butch and Sundance, we’ve arrived within a condor’s swoop of Volcán Uturuncu, the highest summit in Sur Lípez. (This, according to the local museum in Quetano Chico, means it’s a big player in the Incan world. After all, it’s the mountain peaks that ‘give meaning to the landscape and concentrate the forces of ukhu pacha.’ And – let’s not forget the fact that Uturuncu’s an active volcano, and thus considered to be a portal of ‘communication with the metaphysical.’) Bearing all this in mind, we’ve been advised to show the ‘Papa’ our full respect: following local Aymara tradition, Andi has duly exhaled puffs of tobacco smoke towards the seven anointed volcanoes and mountains in the area, in an attempt to appease the various forces at play.

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Article and Photography by Gradient

Sitting on the beach in Victoria it’s not a strange sight to see the looming mountains of the Olympic National Park in the distance. From this vantage point the mountain range resembles something of a forested wall, visually creating a disconnect between two countries, as if America put their binder on its side in class to hide the contents of its school desk from neighboring eyes.

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Article and Photography by CaniScioltiValtellina

 Finally a sunny day in this summer that looks more like a busted autumn, at least so says the weather, I hear Cani Sciolti … someone for a reason someone for another..there is no one … just me and the captain: we decide to take a ride classified as “very very feasible”, 200km with 4100m of altitude gain and 3 alpine passes …

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Article and Photography by Nicholas Dory

It’s always good to have a plan B when the forecast looks bad. So instead of going hiking in the rain in Kluane National Park, with two other friends we decided to escape for a two days Mountain Bikepacking trip in the Coast Mountains. close to home. We agreed on Hodnett Lakes, located in a remote valley and saving us a few hours of driving. The round trip is about 25km of mountain biking with 2,000 feet (600m) elevation gain. 
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 Article and Photography by Stefan Feldmann

An early morning start to catch the 7:20am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale before heading along the coast to Halfmoon Bay. Rolling climbs and coastal views made for a spectacular 160km+ ride round trip ride.

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Article and Photography by interpedalers

Its not often I get to go on a 5 day ride with just my mates; in fact the last time it happened was almost 3 years ago when we rode our bikes head-on into the wind for hours on end from Geelong Victoria to Adelaide South Australia (800 kms in 5 days). We met some great characters, ate a lot of junk, roughed it in tents and just enjoyed being on our bikes for 6 hours a day.

So this time around, three years later, I am living in a different state (QLD) and have some completely different terrain to explore with a different group of mates. Sure, there were are few differences from the last trip but the goal was the same – just have a great time on the bike for five days straight. Read More

 Article and Photography by Gypsy By Trade

The only antidote to working seven days a week is riding seven days a week.  Of course, you can imagine the resultant sleep schedule, especially as days grow longer than eighteen hours, technically.  On a clear night, the sky never goes completely dark.  On one night after work, I rode laps around the network of trails at Kincaid with some friends. As they turned towards home, I pointed my tires towards the beach to revive a smoldering campfire.  Out of my framepack I revealed a pack of sausages, buns, a bunch of carrots, and a small brick of cheese.  Lael rode out the Coastal Trail after work– after midnight– for a late evening dinner.  We enjoyed a never-ending twilight until turning home past 3 AM.  This is summer in Alaska.

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Article and Photography by Gregory Luck

The morning after our river float we awoke to bright sunshine amid thorny bushes, not far from the Gila River. The wet gear from the evening before exploded out of vehicles to dry. More gear was shoved into small packs and strapped to our bikes. By the crack of noon-ish, we were riding. A short chunk of gravel road, then along railroad tracks and onto the railroad bridge over the brush-lined Gila to the trail. Read More

Article and Photography by Jeff Kerkove

This park is amazing! But sometimes, the sense of adventure outweighs the lift lines, berms, jumps, and park features. Not many are aware that just off of Hwy 40 to the west while en route to Winter Park sits Jones Pass. This route was new to me until about 4 years ago. Now, I try to make room in my schedule to hit this out-n-back ride at least once a year. I didn’t need to be in Winter Park until 4 PM to set up the Ergon Bike booth in the expo, so I pinged Kyle Taylor from 92Fifty Cyclery, who had the day off, to meet me at the trail head to get in a few hours on this route. Read More

Article and Photography by Gnat

I am a little behind in my posting but the memories of my trips and my rides are fresh and at the front of my mind. When I need to escape the hustle & bustle of the city, as well as my stress from work, I often escape to my memories of the Souris River Valley outside of Minot, North Dakota. I first found this route many years ago when I was testing the first iteration of the Salsa Fargo. I wrote about that trip here. Since then, I have ridden it many times. Each time with a different bike (Salsa Vaya and Salsa Warbird) and a different route. I like to wonder in the valley. Go up. Go down. Turn right. Turn left.  Where does it go? That is a philosophy that works for me, both in life and on my bike. Read More

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